The figurative bronze work of Susanne Vertel incorporates both spiritual and aesthetic elements into a synthesis of personal vision that has won her critical acclaim from both peers and collectors. Vertel believes that the figure is a vehicle for expressing the underlying and often unconscious deeper focus of the mundane activities of everyday life. Although her representational work occasionally makes use of the male image, her focus is often the many faces of woman. From her austere Russian “Babushka” series to her graceful and aesthetic nudes, there is a thread of continuity, a going-within, a peacefulness that permeates much of her work and seems to touch an inner emotional space within the viewer.
Vertel’s work has won awards from prestigious New York shows and numerous commissions. She was recently awarded a commission for a life size sculpture for the National Park Service, currently installed in Yellowstone National Park. She was honored by being invited to the White House to witness President Clinton award a smaller version of her sculpture as a lifetime achievement award to a retiring Park Ranger. A monumental version of her “Babushkas” was commissioned by a private collector to sit in front of a 20 foot sculpture of Lenin which came from the Red Square in Moscow.
She is proudly represented in Santa Fe, NM by Reflection Gallery.